In January 2015, he got into a fight with a longtime rival, Cle (Bone) Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Suge is said to have been fighting Sloan outside of a Compton burger stand through the window of his auto when he made a decision to strike him with his vehicle before running over Carter.
The hearing on Thursday for the 53-year-old Death Row Records co-founder comes nearly four years after Knight killed one man and injured another with his truck outside a Compton burger stand. Knight fled the scene, authorities claim. He was 25 years old.
Had Knight been convicted of murder and attempted murder as originally charged, he would have faced a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
"It's been three years and it's not any easier..." He did not address the court. "This is a nightmare, one that I can not wake up from", she said. He wore a cross around his neck and looked straight ahead as statements were read.
"There's consequences for everything that we do, and he reacted inappropriately", Carter's brother-in-law Dwight Haskell told reporters following the hearing.
The former music mogul was out on bail in connection with a 2014 robbery case at the time.
Two other criminal cases that Suge was facing were dismissed at sentencing. Court officials had said that no witness list would be released ahead of the trial, and that some witnesses might not be identified by name during the case.
The co-founder of the influential label Death Row Records previously served more than half of a nine-year term for violating the probation he received in 1995 for an assault on two aspiring rappers at a Hollywood recording studio.
He helped launch some of rap's biggest acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. He was with Shakur the night he was gunned down in 1996. He is expected to be sentenced to 28 years in state prison on the charge.